Thursday, March 4, 2010

Former Illinois Receptionist Sentenced To 4 Years For $231K Embezzlement Scheme

Jennifer Derrickson, 49, of Warrenville, Illinois, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for embezzling $231,768 from Liquid Container LP of West Chicago, where she had been employed as a receptionist. In August and September 2008, Derrickson reportedly opened several bank accounts using personal information from an unsuspecting fellow employee and deposited seven incoming accounts receivable checks meant for the company. Derrickson's scheme was uncovered before she could withdraw any of the funds, except for $5,000, according to reports. In an interesting twist, Derrickson called the company claiming to be a federal agent requesting that the investigation be halted. However, officials were unable to confirm the request resulting in criminal charges being brought. Derrickson plead guilty to theft over $100,000 earlier this year. Derrickson's attorney claimed she was suffering from depression following a divorce and a losing custody battle.

Read the story here, here and here.

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